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Lester and Lincecum a great matchup

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Jon Lester and Tim Lincecum, who meet today at AT&T Park, wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common.

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Lester is a lefty who keep his hair in a boot-camp crew cut and looks like a linebacker at 240 pounds. The next time he calls attention to himself in the clubhouse will be the first time.

Lincecum is a slender righthander who weighs 170 pounds, brings his bulldog to the clubhouse, cracks jokes constantly and has hair down around his shoulders.

But there are similarities. Lester was born on Jan. 7, 1984 in Tacoma, Wash. Lincecum was born five months later in Bellevue, only 36 miles away. And when it comes to pitching in the major leagues, they’re practically twins.

Check out their statistics:

Lester: 50-19 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 107 games and 656 innings.

Lincecum: 48-19 with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 105 games and 699 innings.

Put Lester in the National League West and Lincecum in the American League East and the numbers might be flipped.

Today’s game could be dominated by the starters given how little experience the hitters have against them.

Red Sox hitters vs. Lincecum
Mike Cameron 2-7, 3K. BB
Bill Hall 0-2, BB, K

Giants hitters vs. Lester
Aubrey Huff 8-29, HR, 6K
Pat Burrell 2-12, 4K
Edgar Renteria 2-5, K
Juan Uribe 2-5

Throw in the fact that it’s a day game and it’s supposed to be sunny and we could be talking about a 2-1 type of game. It should be fun to watch no matter what.

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